Open Source Reference Design & Quick Start Guides for Real Time Ethernet
In this age, all of us are familiar with the benefits of using Ethernet. Eventhough the popular wisdom stands at 'Ethernet is non deterministic'; since its advent, going back to the first version on Modbus in 1979, Real time Ethernet systems have replaced traditional fieldbus systems in more than a third of the industries world over.
Now a days there are a foray of Ethernet based Deterministic systems e.g. Profinet, Ethernet Powerlink, Ethernet I/P, etc, available in form of solutions or off the shelf products, used by system architects to make their operation more efficient. The primary barriers in adaptation of these systems among existing industries have been the closed nature of the technology, unavailability of training/handholding and prototypes, limited exposure, etc.
The following set of reference designs and guides are prepared to bridge this gap between the technology and the industries; in order to provide a medium to experiment, self train and prototype systems that will best serve your needs.